Friday, June 20, 2008

Developing a Bald Patch? It Could Be a Hidden Tooth Infection

People with periodontal disease, a bacterial infection, are at higher risk for developing heart disease, stroke, uncontrolled diabetes, pre-term births, and respiratory disease. Now a relationship has been discovered between hidden tooth infections and localized alopecia.

There is a close relationship between infection outbreaks on teeth and the presence of alopecia areata or localized alopecia, a type of hair loss which has an unknown origin. Alopecia areata starts with bald patches on the scalp, and sometimes elsewhere on the body. The disease occurs in males and females of all ages, and experts believe that it affects 1 out 1000 people. Read more

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